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The savage Sundance-winning short Whiplash, about a young drummer facing down a brutally antagonizing music instructor, is about to become a feature film.
Writer and director Damien Chazelle adapted the 18-minute short from several scenes in the full-length script with the hope that it would attract investors for the complete version.
Now Bold Films, the production company behind Drive and the upcoming Only God Forgives, has stepped forward to fill out the undisclosed budget. The company will make Whiplash as a joint production with Right of Way Films and Blumhouse Productions, who teamed up to create the short.
In the video above, »
- Lindsey Bahr
We only recently just saw a full trailer for the upcoming sixth season of the HBO series True Blood, and now the network has unveiled a large batch of high-resolution images previewing the drama to come. In addition to giving us looks at fan favorites like Sookie (Anna Paquin), Eric (Alexander Skarsgard), Bill (Stephen Moyer), and of course Pam (Kristin Bauer van Straten), these images also introduce us to a host of new characters played by the likes of Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner), Arliss Howard (Full Metal Jacket), and Jurnee Smollett-Bell (Friday Night Lights). Hit the jump to peruse the gallery of images. The series also stars Ryan Kwanten, Joe Manganiello, Rutina Wesley, Sam Trammell, Deborah Ann Woll, Carrie Preston, Todd Lowe, Nelsan Ellis, Michael McMillian, Lucy Griffiths, Lauren Bowles, Chris Bauer, Kelly Overton, Rob Kazinsky, and Amelia Rose Blaire. Season six of True Blood premieres on HBO Sunday June 16th at 9pm/8c. »
- Adam Chitwood
Penis imagery: Like love, it's all around us.
Really, though, in movies, it's everywhere. And most likely, depending on the director, it's completely intentional. Yes, most of the directors you casually enjoy are actually perverted creep shows. Like Bruce Hornsby once so eloquently put it, that's just the way it is, folks. You had to learn sometime.
Don't believe us? Here are 20 not-so-subtle examples of phallic movie stills that will have you saying to yourself, "Wow, I didn't realize that Jean-Claude Van Damme with a Jheri curl could get any creepier."
'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' (2013)
'Full Metal Jacket' (1987)
'Hard Target' (1993)
'The Expendables' (2010)
'Planet Terror' (2007)
'Bonnie and Clyde' (1967)
'Conan the Barbarian' (1982)
'Green Lantern' (2011)
'Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope' (1977)
'King Kong' (1933)
'Tron: Legacy' (2010)
'The Amazing Spider Man' »
- Nick Blake
We think that most of us can agree that moms are the best and they do a lot for us! Now it’s time to return the favor and celebrate this Mother’s Day by giving mom the movie night she deserves! Watching a classic flick together is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories with your family.
Thanks to Warner Bros., Sound On Sight is giving away the Best of WB 100 Film Collection valued at $597.92. This includes all 22 of Warner Bros. Library’s Best Picture™ winners on 55 discs presented in book style premium packaging. Plus two all-new documentaries: Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot and The Warner Bros. Lot Tour. The set is piled with hours of commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more on select films. It also includes a limited edition 27” x 40” poster, plus a postcard series of Warner Bros. movie posters designed by legendary Bill Gold. »
When it comes to film interpretation and finding madness in the method, it’s only a matter of time before an overly philosophical troll decides to take an almighty stab at the man whose portfolio is stuffed with the mystery, symbolism and deeper meaning usually reserved for Michele de Nostradame and biblical verse. But while Stanley Kubrick’s horror masterpiece The Shining provided the inspiration for a film which provided the inspiration for an idea that provided the inspiration for a decidedly strange column, it is his most influential – and maddeningly metaphorical – motion picture that this week take’s it place under the warped microscope.
Since its release in 1968, 2001: A Space Odyssey has provided the creative spark for countless filmmakers and induced ever more debates trying to discern what exactly it all means. For this viewer and scribe, its point can be found in its incomprehensibility, a purpose within anarchic nonsense. »
- Scott Patterson
Many great filmmakers have a type of film to which they might generally stick and are wonderful at making pictures in those particular genres. Martin Scorsese has gangster/crime films, Billy Wilder did comedies, as does Woody Allen and then we have Stanley Kubrick, one of the most eclectic filmmakers of all time who has done crime, comedy, drama, war, sex, sci-fi, epic, historic and heist, to name a few. Kubrick is one of, if not the most fastidious filmmaker in history, with his cast and crew often attesting to his attention to the tiniest detail, often to their own annoyance but to his astounding success. He was a control freak and this would typically be a bad thing but in my own opinion, he never made a bad film.
Kubrick started out with short films and the occasional documentary, which have not appeared on this list for I have »
- Quinn Steers
There’s something inherently lonely and tortured about being a director. Yes, you’re the tyrant of the set and dictator of the vision, but you’re also the man (or woman) behind the curtain, the puppet master who never appears on stage….unless you’re Clint Eastwood or Quentin Tarantino. Or Alfred Hitchcock….or Roman Polanski…Anyway, the point is that you may be the genius behind a film, and celebrated as such, but you’re no superstar. There’s a reason why they are often referred to as voyeurs.
But the upside is that, once you’re an established money-maker, you can afford to be creative in your guises. That is, to put your dream on screen. Most directors have at some stage championed their baby, a cherished passion project which is their love letter to their craft. However, it’s quite galling how this endeavor often falls on deaf ears. »
- Scott Patterson
Working with a real-life 1980s incident in New Caledonia (not dissimilar to a French Falklands), Kassovitz crafts a thoughtful thriller with no heroes, only good intentions compromised by colonialist mistrust and distant politics. His negotiator is set between a hair-triggered French military and separatist rebels, but with an election back home, not everyone wants a peaceful outcome.
Promised Land (15)
With fracking as the central concern, this finds it hard to avoid being an "issue movie", but there's some human drama to it. Damon's gas agent comes to an archetypal small town with a buyout in mind, but the locals and their country ways get to him. »
- Steve Rose
Ah, Bob. He left us too soon. Not Bill Murray’s Bob Wiley of What about Bob fame but Bob of Batman (1989). Or as the Joker put it: “my number one … guy!” Poor Bob. The world is worse off due to his absence. He’s someone none us should have forgotten but have. He’s got his hits on Youtube but no plans to resurrect him even though he’s leagues ahead of Darkseid, who isn’t even on the radar of most moviegoer.
Originally, I admit this article had been geared to giving the so-called second stringers their due. But that is a bit distortive of the actual record because not all second stringers get forgotten. Just ask old Henry Kissinger. Or need one be reminded of Boba Fett’s massive cult? Nevertheless, too many both second-order and first-order baddies get left behind. Mr. Glass did a good job »
- Christian Jimenez
Let us all give a solemn but heartfelt two-thumbs up for one of the greatest and most influential careers in critical film thinking. (But please be careful Gene and Roger have it trademarked, can’t escape royalties anywhere these days…)
On April 4th, 2013 legendary writer/journalist/critic/Chicagoan/film-nut Roger Ebert passed away quietly and peacefully. As the disheartening news trickled into the media ether, the true impact of the loss could start to be felt. In the coming days and weeks epitaphs, stories and accolades will be passed around by the people he helped inspired, warmly and graciously, about this most humble and deserving of a man. It would be an honor of great prestige to be one of the first to start that trend here.
I feel that this was the time to get back to writing. I haven’t written an article or review in months for »
- Jeffrey Stewart
Stanley Kubrick is a filmmaker who could work in any genre he pleased and always produce a masterpiece. The man was incapable of making anything less than compelling, thanks to his famous tendencies as a director obsessed with perfectionism and his stunning eye for cinematography.
The way his stories use the full range of tools a filmmaker has at their disposal is un-paralled even to this day. Kubrick embraced cinema as a medium that could be warped in any way he desired, unlike any other form of art, with the use of music, light, dialogue, actors and composition.
His films have been dissected by film scholars and casual movie goers alike for years now and their is still no one general consensus as to what any of them mean. That speaks volumes to Kubrick’s brilliance by showing his complete mastery of the medium of cinema.
I have compiled a »
- Zac Richey
E. B. White once wrote, “Analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog. Few people are interested and the frog dies of it.” Analyzing trilogies seems to the same. The entire point is to enjoy them. Still, given the many sins to be found in film, there are worse things than movie trilogies but few have become more prominent or unavoidable. In terms of definitions, a trilogy only means three “individual” (animated, live-action, etc.) films are tied together which leaves a lot of room in seeing something as a trilogy.
Currently, negative reviews over trilogies highlight how easily and predictably they start off well but soon degenerate at a rapid pace. Then, too, there cases where once was good enough and added treatments are not welcome. David Lynch’s Dune thankfully has not become a trilogy though it sits there waiting to be given birth. In rare cases, yes, a trilogy may be badly called for. »
- Christian Jimenez
"Room 237" is hardly your average documentary. Not only does it float some very out-there theories about what Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" is really about, it illustrates those points with clips from both the 1980 horror classic and dozens of other movies. Every single shot in the film is from an existing flick, including ones from Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Spielberg, as well as classic horror movies and silent films. Moviefone sat down with director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk, who provided insight into some of their choices. In the same spirit of obsessiveness, we've compiled every movie featured in "Room 237," below “The Shining” "Lolita" "Spartacus" "Eyes Wide Shut" "Paths of Glory" "Barry Lyndon" "2001: A Space Odyssey" "The Killing" "Fear and Desire" "Killer's Kiss" "Dr. Strangelove" "A Clockwork Orange" “Full Metal Jacket" "Drums Along the Mohawk" "The Battle of Apache Pass" "The White Buffalo" "Sitting Bull at the »
- Alex Suskind
Modern recording gear means movie actors don't have to shout to be heard. So those moments when actors roar from the bottom of their lungs are to be treasured
This week's Clip joint is by Guardian reader Brogan Morris. If you've got an idea for a future Clip joint, drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Things have come a long way since fledgling recording technology meant film performances had to be big and bold. Movie actors were forced to give theatrical displays for the benefit of clunky, insensitive equipment, but today even the most basic camera and sound kit can pick up the subtlest actorly inflection. Screen thesps are thus not required to operate at a high volume – making a performer such as Nicolas Cage something of a rarity, and loud acting – beyond the stage or opera house – a dying art.
Of course, certain cinematic moments may »
- Guardian readers
The documentary "Room 237" is not only a fascinating look at Stanley Kubrick's 1980 masterpiece "The Shining," but an examination of how we see and interpret movies and the often bizarre levels to which we obsess about them. The theories discussed in the film come from five people -- Bill Blakemore, Jay Weidner, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan -- heavy thinkers and ordinary movie fans who try to prove that the movie is really about the massacre of Native Americans, the Holocaust, or a faked moon landing. Those all may sound ludicrous, but each "expert" has pored over the film for cryptic clues and coincidences that support their theories. After a while, they start to make some sense, especially when you hear that Kubrick had met with subliminal advertisers to learn their techniques before making the film. Moviefone sat down with the men behind "Room 237," director Rodney Ascher and producer Tim Kirk, »
- Sharon Knolle
Sequels are awesome, plain and simple. Returning to familiar characters and worlds we love is like covering yourself with a warm blanket, although when a sequel is bad it can be like a blanket covered in potato bugs and lice. Studios love sequels because seven times out of ten they open huge, no matter how good they are.
With that in mind, here's 50 of your favorite titles all preparing to get new installments. Some of them are deep into pre-production while others have barely gotten out of the pitch stages, but you'll be salivating at the thought of some of these sweet babies finally making their way to the screen.
Status: The law of diminishing returns seems to have caught up to Paramount's annual license to print money, and even though the last "Paranormal" grossed half its predecessor, producer Jason Blum is gonna »
- Max Evry
• Kiefer Sutherland is in final talks to play the villain in Paul W.S. Anderson’s (Resident Evil) take on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Consider him the Billy Zane of Pompeii, the history-based disaster romance movie that somehow didn’t get made when Titanic and Pearl Harbor were reeling in the big bucks at the box office. Sutherland joins Kit Harington (Game of Thrones), Emily Browning (Sucker Punch), and Jared Harris (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) in the film that began production in Toronto last week. [THR]
• Christina Applegate isn’t finding any shortage of work after her sudden departure »
- Emily Rome
Jonathan Taylor Thomas is reuniting with his former on-screen dad Tim Allen for the season finale of "Last Man Standing," in which his character is the catalyst for some big changes around the Baxter house.
Here are six things to look forward to in "College Girl," which airs Friday, March 22 and is the show's season finale:
Kristin finds out her former diner co-worker Jon (Thomas) is now the owner of a swanky restaurant, which is the last straw in her feeling bad about her situation of making very little money and living at home. Jtt's appearance is marked by some great nods to "Home Improvement," including Tim Taylor's signature catch phrase. Will Kristin and Boyd move to notorious neighborhood Five Points because that's all she can afford on her diner salary? We aren't telling, but Mike and neighbor Chuck have some fun at Ryan's expense when he tells them she's considering it. »
Robert Downey Jr. stars as an attorney, who tries to solve the mystery surrounding his mother's death. Vincent D'Onofrio will be playing the role of the attorney's older brother with Robert Duvall playing his father.
Vincent D'Onofrio most recently appeared in The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman and will next be seen in Mikael Håfström's The Tomb starring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
No production schedule has been released.
He’s one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, so if there’s ever a chance to hear more from Stanley Kubrick about the art of filmmaking then it would be crazy not to listen. An 11-minute interview with Kubrick has surfaced from a conversation he had with French film critic Michel Ciment, in which he specifically discusses “Barry Lyndon,” “The Shining” and “Full Metal Jacket.” You can listen to the interview on the YouTube video below, and it is truly fascinating to hear one of the greats talking about getting the smaller details right in his movies; from costume and lighting (how do you discuss “Barry Lyndon” and not discuss the lighting?), to making a supernatural movie that doesn’t have the artifice associated with the genre. The interview is then brilliantly signed off by Kubrick declaring himself merely an “aesthetic opportunist.” So definitely give this a listen if you get a chance, »
- Joe Cunningham
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